Meatless Monday Challenge

20+ Hearty Meatless Meals to Fill You Up

on September 9, 2022
last updated June 19, 2023
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20+ Hearty Meatless Meals designed to fill you up, including this Wholesome Meatless Chili with Lentils that is comfort food at its finest!
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Looking for a hearty and satisfying meal? Great news! Every one of these Meatless Meals on this list is designed to fill you up, satisfy your hunger, and nourish you!

So, don’t feel like you have to leave your meatless meals just for Meatless Monday! (Speaking of, do you need help observing meatless Monday? Check out our Meatless Monday Challenge!) There’s plenty of delicious options for any night of the week!

Green tip: Industrial meat production has a huge impact on the environment, especially because of the amount of land it takes to sustain and its high amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to make more eco-conscious food choices. One simple way to improve your ecological footprint is by finding ways to enjoy more meatless meals.


1. Simple Meatless Lasagna (No Eggs)

meatless lasagna fresh out of the oven
This Easy Cheesy Meatless Lasagna is hearty, cheesy, packed with veggies, and requires no egg. A family favorite meal that will keep you full and satisfied.
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2. Best Vegetarian Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Bowl of Vegetarian Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Creamy, cheesy, hearty, and healthful—this vegetarian broccoli cheddar soup will warm you up from the inside out.
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3. Easy Cheesy Pasta Bake

Easy Cheesy Pasta Bake in a black oval baking dish garnished with basil
This Easy Cheesy Pasta Bake is a family favorite for the ultimate comfort food dish. It’s filling, delicious, and oh… did I mention cheesy?
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4. Hearty Mushroom Stew with Potatoes

Hearty Mushroom Stew with Potatoes - Cradling bowl with hand
Who says hearty has to mean heavy? This Mushroom Stew is hearty and filling, but not too heavy. It’s meatless, earthy, and absolutely bursting with flavor!
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5. Loaded Meatless Baked Ziti

Meatless Baked Ziti garnished with basil
This Loaded Meatless Baked Ziti is packed with vegetables, making it hearty and nutritious. It’s easy to make and extra cheesy.
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6. Easy Vegetarian Ramen with Tofu

Vegetarian Ramen with Tofu Mushrooms and Soft Boiled Egg
This delicious Easy Vegetarian Ramen with Tofu is hot, spicy, and bursting with flavor. Subtle notes of ginger and miso-glazed tofu round out this beautiful and quick dish.
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7. One-Dish Baked Goat Cheese Pasta

overhead shot of plated baked goat cheese pasta
This Baked Goat Cheese Pasta is a veggie-packed creamy pasta dish that comes together in less than 45 minutes and with just one dish!
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8. Smoky and Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Two homemade black bean burger patties stacked in a bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
These protein-packed Smoky and Spicy Black Bean Burgers are the perfect meatless solution to curb your burger craving!
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9. Vegan One-Pot Pasta with Marinara Sauce

overhead view of Vegan One-Pot Pasta with Marinara Sauce in a large white serving bowl
This incredibly simple, outrageously delicious, and fast-as-lightning Vegan One-Pot Pasta will be your new go-to meal to feed the family.
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10. Wholesome Meatless Chili with Lentils

close up of a bowl of vegan chili with fresh toppings
The epitome of heartiness and warmth, this Wholesome Meatless Chili with Lentils is comfort food at its finest. Its subtle spice and meaty texture will keep you satisfied for hours!
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11. Creamy Brie and Gouda Mac and Cheese

super closeup shot of creamy brie mac and cheese
What’s the best cheese combo for homemade mac and cheese? It’s brie and gouda, for sure! This extra-creamy stovetop brie mac and cheese recipe is a different and delicious twist on classic mac and cheese. Ready in 30 minutes!
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12. Tofu Fajitas with Onions and Peppers

tofu fajitas with onions and peppers
These Tofu Fajitas with Onions and Peppers are bursting with flavor, texture, and protein, making them the perfect family-friendly meatless meal.
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13. Creamy Vegan Wild Rice Soup

Bowl of Creamy Soup with Wild Rice and Vegetables
This Creamy Vegan Wild Rice Soup is warming, nourishing, and so flavorful! Plus, it only requires one pot making it easy to cook and clean.
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14. One Pot Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

One-Pot Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce
This Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce is quick and easy to make, easy to clean up, and will feed the whole family! It's hearty, flavorful, creamy and cozy.
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15. All-Diet Friendly Bangers and Mash

overhead view of bangers and mash on a black plate
This All Diet-Friendly Bangers and Mash recipe is my interpretation of the British classic. Sausage over fluffy mashed potatoes and a sweet red wine gravy make this dish uniquely delicious.
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16. Tex-Mex Meatless Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce

two meatless enchiladas on a plate with lime wedges and sliced avocado
These Meatless Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce are the absolute ultimate in complex Mexican flavor. Get creative and switch up the fillings to suit your own taste—this sauce goes well with everything!
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17. One-Pot Hummus Pasta with Basil

One-Pot Hummus Pasta with Basil
This One-Pot Hummus Pasta uses creamy hummus, fresh-squeezed lemon, and herbaceous basil for a flavorful dish with minimal ingredients and in less than 30 minutes!
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18. Meaty Meatless Jackfruit Burgers

stacked double jackfruit burger with cheese, arugula, tomato, caramelized onion, and sauce
This Jackfruit Burgers recipe will leave you speechless at such a meaty burger without any meat or soy! A little smoky, a little spicy, a LOT delicious!
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19. Hearty Vegetarian French Onion Soup

croquette with vegetarian french onion soup with two more servings in the background
This flavor-packed Vegetarian French Onion Soup is filling, comforting, and downright delicious while being completely meatless!
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20. Creamy Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

Bowl of sweet potato soup with two spoons and grilled bread
This Roasted Sweet Potato Soup is the creamiest soup to cozy up with, perfectly balanced between savory and sweet, with aromatic Fall spices.
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21. Creamy Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto

Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto with extra Parmesan cheese and sage
This Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto is perfectly creamy, balancing the subtle sweetness of pumpkin with earthy mushrooms and other savory flavors.
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22. Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl

Vegetarian Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl
This Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl consists of roasted veggies, crispy chickpeas, and feta cheese all atop fluffy quinoa and finished with creamy hummus.
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23. Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl with Avocado Crema

Close crop of Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl with Avocado Crema
This Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl with Avocado Crema hits the perfect balance of sweet and savory, with a subtle spicy kick to bring tons of flavor to this healthy meal.
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24. Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steak

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus
This Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steak recipe is hearty, savory, and smokey, with a quick 30-minute marinade and simple grilling technique!
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I hope this list of 20+ Hearty Meatless Meals to Fill You Up inspires you to observe Meatless Monday and maybe even carry that over to another day of the week! If you’re still not sure where to start, I included this Wholesome Meatless Chili with Lentils, which is the epitome of heartiness and warmth. Its subtle spice and meaty texture will keep you satisfied for hours!

close up of a bowl of vegan chili with fresh toppings

20+ Hearty Meatless Meals, including Meatless Chili with Lentils

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20+Hearty Meatless Meals designed to fill you up, including this Wholesome Meatless Chili with Lentils that is comfort food at its finest!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Meatless Chili with Lentils

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes (no salt added)
  • 15.5 ounces black beans (15.5 oz usually = 1 can)
  • 15 ounces white kennel corn (canned or frozen)
  • 1 cup lentils (uncooked)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning

Optional Toppings

  • 1 raw scallion
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 slices jalapeno
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Instructions
 

  • Dice onions and cook in a large pot or Dutch oven with a lid in olive oil for about 5 minutes, just to release some of their juices.
  • Add the vegetable broth, garlic, crushed tomatoes, black beans, corn, lentils, and chili seasoning. Mix well, cover, and simmer on low for about two hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve warm with toppings of choice.

Pro Tips

  • Try making your own seasoning. I even have a go-to chili and taco seasoning recipe for you. It’s simple and let’s face it—nothing is better than fresh and homemade!
  • You can leave it for more than two hours to simmer, just make sure you are stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. The longer the flavors have to meld together the better.
  • However, you may need to add more veggie broth if the chili starts to get dry. Just check it and stir it every 30-45 minutes or so.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Vegan
Keyword Easy, Healthy, Lentil Chili, Meatless Chili, One-Pot
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